Four major Japanese automakers have recalled about 3.4 million vehicles altogether for a passenger-side airbag defect that can cause a fire or an injury, according to a recent NBC News report. It’s important to be aware of vehicle recalls because many Kentucky car accident attorneys have represented individuals who were injured by vehicle defects.
The recall relates to a manufacturing defect in the propellant used to inflate the front passenger-side airbag in case of a crash. The defect means that the propellant may fail to inflate the airbag properly if an accident occurs, or it may inflate the airbag when there is no crash – both situations that can cause serious injuries to any person sitting in the front passenger seat. The defect may also cause a spontaneous vehicle fire, which could injure not only the front passenger seat occupant but also anyone else in the vehicle.
The auto companies each have details on their websites about the recalled vehicles, which were manufactured between 2000 and 2004. Owners may take their vehicles to any dealership for a free repair of the defective part.
According to investigators, the recall affects multiple automakers because all four companies used airbag parts supplied by Takata Corp., which is one of the world’s largest suppliers of parts for airbags and seat belts. The propellant for each vehicle manufacturer’s airbags was produced by the same company and thus produced with the same defect, even though the parts ended up in vehicles created by different manufacturers. The defective parts were made in a Takata factory in Mexico, according to the company.